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Delicately handled historical drama with a theme of finding self, both in relationships and art, backed by issues of race relations in Australia and women’s rights.”
– Tom Flood, Australian novelist

A tale of two very different sisters whose 1890s voyage from London into remote outback Australia becomes a journey of self-discovery, set against a landscape of wild beauty and savage dispossession.
London in 1891: Harriet Cameron is a talented young artist whose mother died when she was barely five. She and her beloved sister Sarah were brought up by their father, radical thinker James Cameron. After adventurer Henry Vincent arrives on the scene, the sisters’ lives are changed forever. Sarah, the beauty of the family, marries Henry and embarks on a voyage to Australia. Harriet, intensely missing Sarah, must decide whether to help her father with his life’s work or devote herself to painting.
When James Cameron dies unexpectedly, Harriet is overwhelmed by grief. Seeking distraction, she follows Sarah to Australia, and afterwards into the Northern Territory outback, where she is alienated by the casual violence and great injustices of outback life.
Her rejuvenation begins with her friendship with an Aboriginal stockman and her growing love for the landscape. But this fragile happiness is soon threatened by murders at a nearby cattle station and by a menacing station hand seeking revenge.

“Fantastic character development. Great plot. Beautiful writing. And excellent job at promoting thought about our appalling white history of indigenous maltreatment and massacre.” – Karen Viggers, novelist and wildlife veterinarian


I was looking forward to reading this book after reading the blurb about it being set in Australia, a country I visited last September . The familiarity of some of the places and names brought back fond memories . The book is a wonderfully , beguiling tale that carries you to another time and place. The descriptions of the settings bring the places to life in your imagination.you can almost feel the heat,humidity and cooling breeze wafting around you as you immerse yourself in the book. The two sisters the book is based around are two different personalities yet they complement each other as real life siblings would do. Both are strong women in their own rights they just need the chance to show their hidden depths and strengths. The book brings out those traits that were kept locked away due to the restrictions society placed on them .With a gentle rolling pace that whilst almost languid it still delivers some tense sections. Sections of fear, hate and mistrust that seem at odds with the book yet depict life as it would have been. The book transports you to a time where gender,race and even and station in life ruled the drawing rooms of both continents. Women had few rights and for a single woman to up and go the other side of the world would be seen as scandalous. A read that brings life and colour to the pages.

My thanks to Anne Cater for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.


About the Author
Born in Melbourne and brought up in Sydney, Alison spent over two decades studying, living and working in the UK before returning to Australia some fifteen years ago.
Her ancestors came to Australia from England and Scotland at the end of the 1800s, before Federation in 1901. Indeed, in 1891, when the novel starts, 32% of the Australian population were born overseas, mostly in the UK. Alison grew up fascinated by the thought that Australia once comprised small colonies, teetering on the edge of the vast continent, and wanted in this new novel to travel back in time to view it through the eyes of two strong young women. The tales of Alison’s late father, Norman Booth, about his years in the Northern Territory also awakened her interest in the Northern Territory.
Her debut novel, Stillwater Creek, was Highly Commended in the 2011 ACT Book of the Year Award, and afterwards published in Reader’s Digest Select Editions in Asia and in Europe. Alison’s other novels are The Indigo
Sky (2011), A Distant Land (2012), and A Perfect Marriage (2018).
Alison is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Australian National University (https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/booth-al). In November 2019, Alison was made Fellow of the Econometric Society, a prestigious international society for the advancement of economic theory in its relation to statistics and mathematics.

Title: The Philosopher’s Daughters
Author: Alison Booth
Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: RedDoor Press Publication date: April 2, 2020 Availability: Paperback, eBook ISBN: 9781913062149 (pb) Number of pages: 356
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